Samsung adds Vongo support to P2

Although it's barely creeping into the mainstream consciousness, I'm a big fan of music subscription services. All you can eat for less than the price of your average CD--what's not to like? Sadly, the average music listener usually has trouble reconciling the concept of "renting" with the music medium.

The same is not true when it comes to video services, which is why Vongo has the right idea. Pay a monthly fee of $9.99--less than the cost of your average DVD--for unlimited online access to a growing digital movie library. And if you happen … Read more

Arcam's DVD player, for a king's ransom

Good news for those hard-working city types who've just received their massive yearly bonuses. But they won't be able to waste it all on champagne and fast cars--they'll need to spend a few grand pimping out their trendy loft apartment living rooms. Enter the Arcam Solo Movie 2.1, a high-end upscaling DVD player and audio system for people with more than a few quid to spend.

It would be easy to mock the price (1,500 pounds, or about $2,960), because it's a shedload more than most people would spend on even a high-end … Read more

Stereo Bluetooth headset cuts the cord for $57.99

In the perfect utopia that exists only inside my head, all cell phones and MP3 players incorporate A2DP, also known as stereo Bluetooth. As a result, they're all compatible with stereo Bluetooth headsets like the Plantronics Voyager 855, which CNET rated 8/10, and which Newegg currently has on sale for $57.99, shipped. That's a pretty big savings over the $149.95 list price.

During business hours, the Voyager 855 functions as a fairly standard headset, albeit one with a cool sliding boom mic. When you want to get your groove on, you just connect the second … Read more

Accessories for the iPod and other MP3 players

'Tis the day after Christmas, and all through the land, people play with gadgets that fit right into the hand. Some tinker with iPods, others play with a Zune, but they have one thought in common: "Can I accessorize soon?" Well, Santa's passed out--it's his first rest all year--so you'll have to get up and find your own audio gear. But before you bundle up to brave the snow, wind, and fog, make sure you check out our iPod accessories blog.

Creative Zen accessories

Creative TravelSounds: Get one for the Zen V or the Zen Stone (… Read more

New Mac owners: Start here!

So, you were one of the lucky people to receive a shiny new Mac for the holidays. We're all jealous! But if you're reading this, you've probably already spent some time getting set up and checking out all the cool features and programs that come with your Mac--and now you want more! Out of the box, your Mac is loaded with cool apps to get you started on stuff like uploading and organizing your digital images, creating a music library, making your own movies, and surfing the Web. (You're here, so it must have worked!)

While … Read more

Top 10 portable speakers

You want to take your tunes on the road, but headphones don't always cut it, and even the smallest home speakers and receivers/amplifiers aren't portable. Technology has come to the rescue with a new breed of portable speakers that sound a lot better than the tinny models you might remember from the Walkman days. These useful devices are the hot ticket for travelers, dorm rooms, the beach, or the office; they plug into iPods, MP3 players, and laptops' headphone jacks, with sound that can easily fill a small to medium-size room.

It's also true that you … Read more

Get an 8GB iPod Nano for $179.99 shipped

It's really rare to find a deal on iPods (unless you're shopping the Apple store for refurbs), but Amazon has a doozy: The 8GB iPod Nano for $179.99, shipped. This is the new 3rd-gen model, the one with the 2-inch screen and ridiculously wafer-thin design. (I know this is going to sound weird, but I just want to pop the little guy in my mouth. You just can't appreciate how cute and tiny and, well, tasty-looking it is until you hold one.)

Equally rare, you get a choice of colors: blue, green, black, or silver. Plus, … Read more

Insignia Pilot is priced to sell

You gotta love flash memory for MP3 players right now: it's dirt cheap. I'm in the midst of reviewing the Insignia Pilot, Best Buy's latest portable media device, and I discovered that the company's Web site is selling the 8GB version for just $150--that's a pretty freakin' sweet deal, if you ask me. The player features built-in stereo Bluetooth, an SD card expansion slot for adding more memory, an FM radio, recording features, dual headphone jacks, Rhapsody DNA integration, Windows and Mac compatibility...not to mention compatibility with MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, WMA DRM, … Read more

CES 2008: MP3 and portable video players

It's been a tumultuous year for MP3 players. Apple's iPhone arrived, presenting the best argument we've seen for converging your MP3 player, phone, and portable video player. Flash memory MP3 players became smaller, cheaper, and more ubiquitous, getting lost between sofa cushions all over the world. We also witnessed online music retailers finally embracing DRM-free music downloads, offering a beacon of hope for a music industry lost at sea. So what MP3 player trends can we expect to see for 2008? Here are a few predictions we're willing to stake our reputation on.

Flash goes even … Read more

First take: Cowon A3

After spending the last 24 hours abusing Cowon's latest A3 portable video player, I have to say I'm pretty impressed...mostly. As a high-capacity portable video player, the A3 offers spectacular video resolution (800x480) and supports just about every file format under the sun. Along with its built-in video recording capability and a high-quality video output, the Cowon A3 is an undeniable force to be reckoned with in the PVP marketplace.

It's not all gumdrops and unicorns, however.… Read more